Reading/Writing

Decoding Difficulties? Introduce The Diphthong Song

"A diphthong is a sound made by combining two vowels, specifically when it starts as one vowel sound and goes to another, like the oy sound in oil. Diphthong comes from the Greek word diphthongos...

Encourage Phonemic Awareness with the ABC Action Chant

Years ago, when my children were in their preschool and kindergarten years, we discovered that the ABC Action Chant is a multi-sensory way to teach young children letters and their corresponding sounds. Letters and sounds...

MultiSensory Learning: Orton-Gillingham Hears, Sees and Touches a Who!

Dr. Seuss may have written Horton Hears A Who!, but Orton-Gillingham wants us to not only hear, but also see and touch the who! Multisensory teaching uses more than one of the child's senses to...
Dysgraphia - Written Expression

Dysgraphia: A Struggle With Written Expression

In Part 1 of our series on Dysgraphia, Taking the Mystery Out of Dysgraphia, we took some time to explore its definition, causes, and symptoms. But while that information is important, it alone will...
Dysgraphia

Taking the Mystery Out of Dysgraphia

Do you know a child who loves school but hates to complete written assignments? Is there a student in your class who can tell you all about the last book he read but cannot...

NJ Gov. Chris Christie is Dyslexics’ Hero?

As of August 2013, the State of New Jersey has taken two giant steps forward in special education law thanks to its legislature and Governor Chris Christie. New Jersey’s special education regulations now officially...

Bring Literacy to Life – Expand on Reading

My bookshelves are overflowing with books. I am quite the book junkie. I love books of all sizes and shapes, and find a need to have one (or more) for every topic I teach. Many...

How to Sneak in Pre-Reading Skills for Young Children

As a School Psychologist, I often field questions about what parents can do to help a child learn and be ready for school. My answer is simple – read to your child. However, when...

Enhance Memory and Reading Skills with a Picture Game

Picture Words: Memory Matching Game allows for three different games to be played by 1 to 4 players. This game can be customized to fit the needs of your child. If 36 potential matches...

Special Needs and Song Writing

Historically, songwriting has been a very powerful voice for people to share their feelings, their stories, their achievements, their motivations and so much more. It can also provide a great way for children to...